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Barnes Lodge and Caring Companions joins the Avante Care & Support family

On 4 December 2023, Avante Care & Support acquired Barnes Lodge, a 101 bed, modern purpose built nursing and dementia care home located in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge. Barnes Lodge becomes the 11th care home in the Avante portfolio and underlines Avante’s commitment to providing exceptional care throughout Kent and south east London.

In addition to Barnes Lodge, Avante Care & Support welcomed Caring Companions into its family. Caring Companions provides home care services to four extra care schemes in Kent and will be an integral part of Avante’s Home Care & Support service, extending its reach to Gravesend, Tonbridge, and surrounding areas.

Avante Care & Support is a not for profit charitable organisation that has provided care to older people for over 30 years. Avante cares for over 1,000 people through its residential care homes and home care support service.

On 11 December, the Executive Management Team, and Andrew Ireland, Chair of Trustees, visited Barnes Lodge to extend a warm welcome to the staff, residents, and their relatives, officially introducing Barnes Lodge to the Avante Care & Support family.

The Executive Management Team shared their vision for the future of Barnes Lodge and provided an opportunity for staff, residents, and their relatives to participate in discussions about the exciting upcoming plans for the home.

Stuart Cross, Managing Director says ‘I am delighted to welcome the residents, families, and staff of Barnes Lodge and Caring Companions as they join Avante Care & Support. I have been very impressed by the obvious dedication of our new colleagues and the quality of the home and home care service.  The overarching Vision for all Avante’s homes and services is “Communities where everyone has a vibrant and fulfilling life.” Our intention is to build upon the already outstanding efforts in place and transform this Vision into a reality for everyone at Barnes Lodge and Caring Companions.

A key part of achieving this goal will include introducing Avante’s care philosophy, the Eden Alternative. All our existing homes and services are Eden accredited and we think this provides an ideal foundation for personalised, attentive care that promotes a vibrant and fulfilling life’.

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